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CII Publishes Investor Guide to Engagement on Cyber Risk

As cyber attacks against companies escalate, cybersecurity has become a critical component of the board of directors’ role in risk oversight. To help investors gauge whether public company boards are overseeing that risk effectively, the Council of Institutional Investors has published a shareholder guide, Prioritizing Cybersecurity: Five Investor Questions for Portfolio Company Boards.

CII Seeks Meeting with DOJ About Investor-Company Engagement

CII is concerned that recent comments and enforcement action by the Department of Justice could chill normal dialogue between shareholders and management and boards at U.S. public companies. In an April 27 letter to the DOJ Antitrust Division, CII Executive Director Ken Bertsch requested a meeting to discuss the DOJ’s concerns and share CII’s perspective. CII policies support engagement between investors and companies on corporate governance and shareholder rights issues as an essential means to foster corporate accountability to shareholders. Securities and Exchange Commission Chair Mary Jo White has also voiced strong support for shareholder-company engagement.

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